Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S7 Edge are two very close smartphones as far as size is concerned. While the latter has a 5.5-inch screen size, the former only adds 0.2 inches of display to its screen.
There are even more similarities under between these two, but there are also some differences that put them miles apart. For instance, the Galaxy Note 5 comes with an S Pen stylus that ensures this phone is the best when it comes to productivity. However, this year’s Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has some amazing aspects on offer, among them the obvious curved edge panels, a larger battery capacity, water resistance, superior processor, better camera as well as a microSD card slot – all of which make the Galaxy S7 Edge an easy choice over the Note 5.
So, why stick with Samsung Galaxy Note 5?
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is considered as one of the best devices in 2015. Released in August last year, the phone will soon be replaced by the rumored Galaxy Note 6, which has a predicted release date of July.
As noted earlier, one thing that makes the Galaxy Note series unique is the S Pen. However, there are other things that still make this device look attractive. Although a little larger than the Galaxy S7 Edge, the Note 5 has defined edges that feature very small bezels on the sides. This makes it quite easier to handle single-handedly.
Another thing that would make you want to stick with the Galaxy Note 5 is the fast onboard memory. Even though Samsung seems to have found a way to include microSD card storage into the Galaxy S7 Edge without heavily interfering with the performance of the device, contrary to the usual belief that external storage is a little bit slow. Well, if you believe this, sticking with the Note 5 will be a better option because it offers variants of 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB, unlike the S7 Edge which has 32GB with a microSD card slot. There is talk of a 64GB variant, but Samsung has not confirmed whether this storage variant will be coming to the U.S.
As pointed out earlier, Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has 5.7 inches of display as opposed to the 5.5 inches of the S7 Edge. This means that with the Note, you will enjoy slightly more display than the Edge.
Why you should consider Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
If you never use the S Pen or feel you can really do without it on your Note 5; there is basically no need of sitting around waiting for the release of Samsung Galaxy Note 6. It’s about time you considered looking into what the Galaxy S7 Edge really has to offer.
For starters, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge saw the return of water and dust resistance with a rating of IP68. This means that you can dance around pools of water and enjoy beach parties with little worries as compared to using the Galaxy Note 5. Samsung also added a nifty feature in this year’s flagships – an Always On display. With this feature, you can take a quick glance at your phone and know who has been trying to message, call, tweet, or email you, check the time and day, among other vital information without pressing any button. As far as Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is concerned, you have to press a button before springing the screen to life so as to see the notifications, time and date, among other information.
Even though the Galaxy Note 5 comes with fast integrated storage, it comes at a higher cost than having a microSD card for the Galaxy S7 Edge. Swapping a 32GB variant for a 64GB or 128GB variant will cost you much more than buying a microSD card of the same amount of storage and even more.
The Galaxy S7 Edge also offers a larger battery unit than what is available on Samsung Galaxy Note 5. The S7 Edge’s 3600mAh is 600mAh larger than what is on offer for the Note 5, although both are not removable.
While the curved back of the Galaxy Note 5 makes it easy to hold in one hand, the Galaxy S7 Edge is still 3mm shorter and 5mm narrower than the phablet. With this in mind, the latter device is quite easier to hold and even slip into any pocket.
Samsung also enhanced the camera on offer with respect to the Galaxy S7 Edge. Even though the Note 5’s 16MP sensor still has compelling photography, the S7 Edge’s DualPixel 12MP sensor is considered the best in the market right now. You will be assured of better photography in both indoor and outdoor environments with the S7 Edge than when using the Note 5.
The price tag of Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge might be a little scary for some, but if you are indeed enthusiastic about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 6 and there is nothing you have really been doing with your Galaxy Note 5’s S Pen stylus, paying $780 for a 32GB S7 Edge won’t be an issue.
Which phone would you pick?